Ripe for the picking: Cannabis sector governance needs to catch up to share price

Even with recent market volatility, share prices of cannabis companies are still well above where they were half a year ago. With new shareholders, increased scrutiny of investors, and a growing list of possible buyers, the decisions made by cannabis company directors in the next few months could decide their fate. Will their company go up in smoke?With rising share prices and a rosy out [...]

15 February 2018

Owning a restaurant is a risky venture — here’s how to up your chances of success

There are times in business when it pays to swallow your pride and start again. In the restaurant world especially, the sooner you can identify that moment, the better.For seasoned restaurateurs James Iranzad and his business partners at Gooseneck Hospitality in Vancouver, opening a new seafood restaurant concept in the city’s Kitsilano Beach neighbourhood seemed like the perfect idea [...]

06 February 2018

Facial recognition for dairy cows is latest Cargill-backed tech idea

Cargill Inc. is backing an Irish startup that uses facial recognition software to help increase the productivity of dairy cows, the latest move by the largest closely held U.S. company to bolster its agricultural-technology efforts.Cargill has taken a minority stake in Cainthus, which harnesses machine-learning and imaging techniques to identify cows and glean information on everythi [...]

06 February 2018

Small business optimism at three-year high, with $140B in spending to come in 2018: BDC study

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada are showing a renewed confidence in their future prospects, according to the Business Development of Canada’s (BDC) newly released study, Investment Intentions of Canadian Entrepreneurs: An Outlook for 2018.The cross-Canada report reveals that business optimism is at its highest point of the past three years. Overall, the upswing is attribu [...]

16 January 2018

Canada’s comeback and the skills challenge: what we need for growth

Like other G7 countries around the world, Canada has experienced years of stagnant growth since the 2008 global financial crisis. But, as the international economy improves, it appears Canada is not only ready for a comeback, it is poised to outpace the growth of the other nations.Unlike economic upturns in the past, it won’t be traditional infrastructure spending, natural resource dev [...]

20 November 2017

Let’s not miss our chance: what Canada needs to do to secure its AI moment

Recent headlines suggest that Canada is destined to become a global leader in taking artificial intelligence to the next level. If you were to believe all the media hype, it would be simple to imagine AI becoming known world-wide as a distinctly Canadian export.This optimism is not unfounded. Canada is home to many of contemporary AI’s “godfathers.”  We have — and continue t [...]

20 November 2017

How to retrain a marketing department to be pro-active and productive

I was having a second coffee with a former student of mine, now the head of marketing at a rapidly growing startup. His company had marched through customer discovery, learning about the customer problem, validating solutions and scaling sales and marketing. All good news. But he was getting uneasy that as his headcount was growing, the productivity of his ma [...]

06 November 2017

In fierce battle for tech talent, one startup founder tries $1M pay for engineers

China may have a reputation for low wages and sprawling factories. But in a sign of changing times, one startup founder has embraced a strategy of paying top employees the highest salaries in the market — and so far it’s working.Beijing ByteDance Technology Co. is the brainchild of entrepreneur Zhang Yiming. The company is best known for a mobile app called Jinri Toutiao, or Today’s Headline [...]

03 October 2017